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A Sunday Roast at The Ship Tavern, Holborn

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to go for a good Sunday lunch, so I was excited to be invited to The Ship Tavern in Holborn. I don’t usually venture too far from home in South London for a weekend roast, so I was hoping the trip into central would be worth it.

The restaurant is located right next to the tube station, hidden away down a little side street. If I’m honest, from the outside it doesn’t look like much – it looks like a typical pub. But you ascend a flight of stairs from the street and you find yourself in a gorgeous, cosy, candlelit hideaway! I’m including some photos of the venue from their website, as my camera was never going to do it justice.

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Even though it was lunchtime, because it was so dimly lit, it could almost have been any time of day, and I liked that. Not so great for photos, but lovely for ambience! It also has a remarkable history – it first opened in 1549, only half the size as it is today, constructed mostly from timber. During Henry VIII’s reign, Catholics would sneak into the Ship Tavern to attend mass. A pre-arranged signal would raise the alarm if the king’s officials were spotted nearby, sending the priests into ‘hidey holes’ – some were caught and executed on the spot! There aren’t many places in London where you can dine with a history like that!

As soon as I saw oysters on the menu, I knew what my starter would be, ordering three, while my friend Kelly ordered the calamari. It’s hard to ‘rate’ oysters but these were very nice – a good size and nicely presented – and the calamari was equally tasty, with a very generous portion!

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For mains, Kelly went for the beef roast, which would be my usual choice, but the waitress highly recommended the pork belly, so I opted for that. Again, the portion sizes were big, especially the pork belly, it was huge! I could only eat a small portion of it, but it was beautifully cooked with wonderful crackling! A top notch Sunday roast, you couldn’t really have asked for more.

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We ended with a sticky toffee pudding and a crème brûlée with raspberry sorbet. Much like everything else, they were both very good. The crème brûlée was a little runnier than I would prefer but that was no big issue, it still tasted great.

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I feel like the chalk boards outside The Ship Tavern and its exterior really don’t do justice to what lies upstairs, so I just hope that blog posts like mine and others reviewing it will encourage people to visit it, because it really is worth it, a hidden gem with such an incredible history! As you can see from the photos it’s quite a small venue so make sure to book to avoid disappointment!

The Ship Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I was invited to review The Ship Tavern by Forever PR and The Ship Tavern, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.

 

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